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« on: August 09, 2010, 11:29:00 pm »
need  help  pls,is a one piece  or  a two piece  wet suite the way to go    and is any brand  better  or worse, your comments  pls  cog#9178  

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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2010, 06:35:00 am »
Basic rain gear... 2 piece can leave gap where top meets bottom if jacket is not long to overlap. 1 piece can be better in this regard. Some of the PVC and rubber coated rain gear will trap perspiration inside and make you feel very 'damp.'  Frogg Toggs are suppose to breath and pack down small for trips.    Goretex or similar riding gear is my preference. I plunked down the $$ for an Aerostich Darien and have never regretted it. Good protection and I never have to stop to don rain gear... as I found out in the past, by the time I stopped to get out the rain gear, I was already wet.    
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2010, 08:03:00 am »
Steve makes a good point in that you get what you pay for.    For me, I have two options. If just out for a casual day ride, I fold in the Frogg Toggs which work well when caught in the rain for a short period like summer riding in Atlanta. For longer distances (which is usually the case) I have a Cortech two piece that works extremely well and always keeps me dry. I prefer the two piece for several reasons:    1. You can just wear the jacket and no pants.  2. Easy and quick to put on.  3. Zipps out in places to help keep me cool without letting rain inside the suit.  4. All entry points like neck, wrists and boot tops are velcro closed / adjusted.  5. Folds up fairly small.  6. Serves well as an over jacket when it is cool out.    A few tips:    Don't skimp on price, get the two piece for max flexibility, hang them till dry, get one size larger for those days you have to put it on over everything else, carry a plastic grocery bag ( insert foot into the grocery bag then easily slide the pants on without removing your boots).    Just my $.02    UP  

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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2010, 09:26:00 am »
I live in South Florida, it's raining now.  I have sets of Frogg Toggs on both of my bikes and a set in my car.  The are light and breathable.  They even make a Hi Viz yellow.  My Aerostich Darien jacket and pants are superb but only north of the Mason Dixon line.  

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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2010, 09:55:00 am »
carry a plastic grocery bag ( insert foot into the grocery bag then easily slide the pants on without removing your boots).        THAT IS A GREAT IDEA.      
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2010, 05:06:00 pm »
Ha! It indeed works! I was riding with a small group one day when the skys opened up a gully washer. While everyone was struggling with getting their boots down the pants leg or taking their boots off first the ride leader a wise old coot was standing there already dressed out in his rain gear calling us a bunch of goobers. Next time I watched him. It was the bag man it was the bag.    Some things you just have to see and learn while it is raining.    UP  

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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2010, 09:47:00 pm »
I got tired of rain suits that didn't keep me dry on the long haul going through heavy rain.  The problem area is around the neck.  A slow drip can leave you soaked in an hour or two.  I went to Cabela's and bought a lightweight rain jacket with complete hood.  I had a tailor   modify the hood so it would fit under the helmet better.  The front of the jacket zips up  all the way to the mouth while my visor goes down to the chin level.  No water down the  front or back of the neck.  If you buy the jacket large enough it will come down over your  rain pants to keep that area dry also.  My wife and I have stayed dry in several downpours.      brgenck  

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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2010, 10:03:00 pm »
2 piece, Frogg Toggs, haven't let me down. They even have a hood that is thin enough to go under my helmet. Have even used them when suprised with a cold snap, the hood was like having a balaclava. They stay in the saddlebag all the time.  
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2010, 06:02:00 am »
http://www.tourmaster.com/xcart/catalog/Elite-Series-II-2-Piece-Rainsuit-Jacket-p-84_8.html    Matching pants are just a click away.    These are the bomb. Never let me down. Even standing for four hours in the North Bend Oregon Rain in early April  AKA "2linby" That's 2-lin-by folks!  Northwest Area Director  COG #5539  AMA #927779  IBA #15034  TEAM OREGON MC Instructor  137,000 miles and counting!    http://community.webshots.com/user/2linby  http://tinyurl.com/njas8 (IBA BunBurner Gold Trip)  http://tinyurl.com/lwelx (Alaska trip)
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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2010, 06:57:00 pm »
I had the TourMaster Elite and was happy with it for a number of years.  Then last year during a road trip we ran into rain for a day.  Put the suit on and thought I was protected.  Found out though that over time the coating on the suit had cracked and separated from the nylon outer shell.  A wet crotch is a terrible thing to deal with when riding.  I went ahead and spent the extra money to get the TourMaster Sentinel 2 piece suit.  I got to try it out today and stayed nice and dry.  The suit does not use the moisture proof coating of the other rain suits so I am hoping this investment will last longer than the one for the Elite suit did.  This rig does take up more space than the Elite did - two separate storage pouches instead of just one.  

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« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2010, 11:18:00 pm »
Isn't that why we have a Connie? Well a C10 anyways. Hows the C14 in weather protection in comparison? ( this is a C14 thread )    For the cooler weather 2 pc First Gear Kilimanjaro Jacket and OverPants.    Sometimes in the hot weather I wear the overpants with just shorts and the Mesh Jacket. Other times I wear the Carhart with CE Armor in the Knees and Hips. Use Frogg Toggs as rain gear with the Mesh jacket.    I recently rode 120mi in the rain on my C10 and this was all the wetter I got. I put a Frogg Togg jacket over the mesh jacket. Too lazy to put pants on. I think with those winter flaps ( fairing extenders ) I dont think I would have even got wet. Gotta love the C10.      
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« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2010, 06:28:00 am »
I use Frog Toggs when I teach MSF class They work very well.  The set I have are almost 10 years old. I opted for the angler version to get the bib pants. When on a very wet trip with a friend who wore Frogg Toggs I notices he got wet at the neck line and waist. He wore a 1/2 helmet and ev en though he had the hood up, some driving rain would get in at the front of the neck. At the waist, the jacket was not quite long enough to alway overlap the pants, so rain got in around there.    FWIW - Most manufacturers of Cordura or other textile riding gear typically recommend wearing long pants/shirt under the gear. It a get off it is common for the textile fabric to melt and it is a bad ide to have this directly against the skin.        
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« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2010, 12:18:36 am »
I find the thinner rain gear that flaps in the wind  to be exhausting for longer rides so I look for something more substantial but this has price/heat drawbacks.  I stress the crotch (it's an inseam thing, not a fit thing...) on the one-piece suits so they leak too soon for me.  My Fieldshear mesh jacket has a nice fitting rain jacket to go over it that works well and I have some decent bib tops (re-inforced seat, nomex panels for the exhaust pipe) for the hurricanes.  Fieldsheer seems to have short sleeves for me but it does have a storage pouch in the back for the rain jacket.  I try and keep my Olympia jacket (for the cooler months) waterproof so I just need to carry the bibs.  I learned the shopping bag trick when I was too poor and shopping bags were my rainboots!
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« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2010, 11:15:13 am »
Frogg Toggs has a whole new line of rainsuits. If you haven't looked at them lately, they are vastly improved from the original versions. They now even have a suit in Hi Vis green.

http://www.froggtoggs.com/#outerwear/motorcycle/

The ones I use are the Road Toad and they were specifically designed for motorcycle riders. They also have some new models called Elite Highway, Elite Storm, and Horny Toads that are a bit more pricey ($129) and they also use a different type material that is more like a polyester suit and is even thicker and heavier than the Road Toads. I haven't tried all the other models, so I can really only speak to the original Frogg Togg and the Road Toads. I also don't know if those other materials will breath as well as the Road Toads do.

The material on the $69 Road Toads is thicker than the old original Frogg Toggs, and holds up a lot better. I have sets for both my wife and I and we use them alot when we travel. We ride with mesh jackets year round, even in the mountain, and use the Frogg Toggs over the mesh in colder temps to block the airflow. This allows us to travel light with just one set of jackets, and we can ride through Death Valley at 100 degrees and then do the high Sierras the next day at 30 degrees. If it gets cold enough, we put our Gerbing electric vests on under the mesh, and then the Road Toads over the top. This combination allows us to travel anywhere in any temperature or weather, and all we have to pack in the bike when we aren't using them are the Road Toads and Gerbings, which both are light fold up small so they don't take up much space in the bike. This is of particular importance to me when I take off on a three week trip, two-up, as luggage space is at a premium.

Last time I checked, they were back ordered on the Hi Vis green until about January. Apparently it was more popular than they anticipated, so they sold out rather fast. I got a set when they first came out, and other than a zipper issue (which they claim is now redesigned with a stronger one), I've been real happy with them. They have offered to exchange my set with zipper problems with a new set as soon as they get the color back in stock, so the warranty service on them seems to be good.

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« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2010, 03:21:14 pm »
Great info Fred, But who is that ugly guy in the picture?  HA!  ;D
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« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2010, 05:07:22 pm »
Great info Fred, But who is that ugly guy in the picture?  HA!  ;D

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« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2010, 08:33:17 pm »
One thing is for sure. His gear doesn't match. Hi-Viz Frog Togs and plain black Frog-togs?  :o

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« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2010, 10:31:15 pm »
The "Road Toads" come with black pants and Hi Viz top. Only the "Horny Toadz" come with both Hi Viz pants and top.

However, with my good looks and charming personality, I'm a little afraid to buy and wear a suit called "Horny Toadz" for fear of being molested by women everywhere I went.  As it is, I already have to make myself look ugly before I go to the store just to keep the women from attacking me.
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« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2010, 10:35:34 pm »
<SNIP>
However, with my good looks and charming personality, I'm a little afraid to buy and wear a suit called "Horny Toadz" for fear of being molested by women everywhere I went.  As it is, I already have to make myself look ugly before I go to the store just to keep the women from attacking me.

And this would be a problem because?  >:D

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« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2010, 01:33:13 am »
need  help  pls,is a one piece  or  a two piece  wet suite the way to go    and is any brand  better  or worse, your comments  pls  cog#9178

 I've had the Frogg Togg Pro Action set for about 5 seasons now and they have seen quite a bit of use in some VERY heavy rain. No leaks fit is good and the price is right, $49.00 shipped.

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« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2010, 02:50:20 am »
<SNIP>
However, with my good looks and charming personality, I'm a little afraid to buy and wear a suit called "Horny Toadz" for fear of being molested by women everywhere I went.  As it is, I already have to make myself look ugly before I go to the store just to keep the women from attacking me.

And this would be a problem because?  >:D
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